CAA proposes requirements for international flights to Vietnam

The Vietnam's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has just sent a report to the Ministry of Transport to propose the deployment of international air routes to Vietnam.

Illustrative image (Photo: CAA)
Illustrative image (Photo: CAA)

Accordingly, with the plan submitted by Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air, there will be four weekly flights to Hanoi on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (with a maximum of 1,304 seats) and five flights to land in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesdays (two flights); and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday (maximum total of 1,290 seats).

Earlier, on September 11, 2020, the CAAV sent an official letter to the aviation authorities of four partners, including China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan (China), announcing the plan to resume commercial international flights to Vietnam. All partners agreed with the plan that Vietnam proposed.

Vietnamese and foreign airlines are only to implement check-in procedures for passengers with a Vietnam visa as issued by the authorities.

The airline only makes reservations and sells tickets to passengers providing full information (name and contact phone number of the individual while in Vietnam; address and phone number of the quarantine facility in Vietnam; phone number of the organisation picking up passengers at the airport).

When implementing check-in procedures, airlines must check documents proving a RT-PCR negative test for SARS-CoV-2 as granted by the authorised agencies in host countries (it must is confirmed by the Vietnamese Diplomatic Missions in host countries). The test results must have been issued within three days of flying.

People who want to enter the country must wear a mask on the aircraft; install the mobile applications "Vietnam Health Declaration" and "Bluezone", have temperature checks, and medical declarations.

The air carriers have to send lists of passengers to the aviation authority 12 hours before the flight and confirmed lists of passengers 30 minutes before flight departures.

For the carriage of passengers connecting from a third country, Vietnam’s CAA has developed three options. Specifically, the first option is not to accept passengers who transit from third countries to Vietnam.

The second option is accepting passengers who transit from third countries to Vietnam. The airline will comply with check-in requests at the first departure point of the itinerary; Guests are required to be placed in quarantine for 14 days and no short-entry process is applicable to the guests.

The third option is accepting passengers who transit from third countries to Vietnam, the airline will fulfill the requirements during check-in at the first departure point of the itinerary. All passengers on the flight are not applicable to the short-term entry process.

In Addition, some other contents were also reported by the CAA to the Ministry of Transport such as: proposing the Prime Minister agree to adjust the flight route between Vientiane and Hanoi and between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City; or proposing to the People's Committees of provinces and cities to announce isolated accommodation facilities, package rates of accommodation and testing for guests to choose, publish a list of transport enterprises that are eligible to transport passengers from the airport to the accommodation facility and the cost of payments.